Story: Subantarctic islands

Hooker's sea-lion pups (1st of 2)

95% of Hooker’s (New Zealand) sea lions breed on isolated beaches on the Auckland Islands. This clip from the 1995 television documentary Islands in the storm shows that the greatest danger for the young pups is the ferocious fighting of bulls, which can weigh up to 400 kilograms. Hooker’s sea lions (Phocarctus hookeri) are endemic to the New Zealand region. Only about 10,000 survived in 2015.

Source: New Zealand Geographic, no. 138, Mar-Apr 2016, p. 94

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Jock Phillips, 'Subantarctic islands - Fauna', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 November 2023)

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